Division on Visual Impairments

DVI Quarterly Volume 59(4)

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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; Lorem Ipsum Dolor Spring 2016 2 Q: How would you describe the Beethoven's Buddies music program? Dr. Bauer: Beethoven's Buddies is a music program for children with developmental delays. In addition to the private piano lesson program, there is a chimes class. We currently serve students with the following disabilities of Down syndrome, autism spectrum, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, selective mutism, visual impairments, Fragile X, cerebral palsy, speech impairment, cognitive delay, hydrocephalus, and William's syndrome. Q: What inspired you to work teaching music to students with disabilities? Dr. Bauer: During my Master's degree, I was diagnosed with ulnar nerve damage in my left arm. The surgeon said I could get a doctorate in performance and never play again or look into doctoral work in a more academic area. While I was recovering from the ulnar nerve surgery, a girl with Down syndrome moved in next door to me. Her parents had contacted over 20 teachers to teach their daughter piano and no one would take her. I started teaching her piano and that led to further study in music education and special education at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. I completed my doctorate in music education with a minor in special 33

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